I had gout once. I went online to figure out why. What I read about seafood and alchohol made no sense to me because at the time I was on a vegetarian diet. But then I read something about poor breathing at night and gout. That made sense because I had been suffering a cold the night I came down with gout. Also I have a deviated septum which sometimes interferes with my night breathing. I often get cramps in my feet, ankles and calves. I am certain this is due to poor breathing in my sleep because when I awake with a cramp, I take deep breaths and the cramps go away in a few minutes. It helps me to use a nose device called "Breathe Right" that opens my nose more and helps me breathe at night. Also, I believe that wine with it's sulphites causes me to have restricted breathing where my breathing at night doesn't flow in and out as freely as it should. I should stop drinking wine, but I love wine. I also use an inhaler that improves my breathing when I drink too much wine. Anyhow that's my story and I hope it helps someone put together the pieces to their gout problem or whatever.